Baker wrote Bruce's name into the lineup's second spot for the series opener vs. the Pirates. The club's other center fielders, Corey Patterson and Ryan Freel, often batted leadoff. On Tuesday, Jerry Hairston Jr. batted leadoff. Bruce often batted in the third spot during his Minor League career.
"I didn't want to put that pressure on him to lead off," Baker said. "The third spot right now belongs to Junior. The fourth spot belongs to [Brandon] Phillips. The fifth spot belongs to [Adam] Dunn. Junior has 20 years of batting third. Just bide your time and learn everything. It will work out sooner or later."
Pressure was on Bruce hitting leadoff - sure if Bruce is batting third tonight maybe he steps up to the plate. The quote was still about putting the pressure on Bruce hitting leadoff not third.
Dunn has batted third before and as I said above there was indications he preferred lower in the order - I am looking for the quote from Phillips - I think it may have been a Hal McCoy or Daugherty thing where Phillips said he preferred the four slot.
I feel dirty.
"The guy I think could be really good in center is Adam Dunn. If someone asked me if Dunn could be a center fielder for the next 10 years, if he started working on it, no one could explain to me why he couldn’t do it." - Brad Kullman
Junior and Jimmy sharing CF in the same city? "Willie, Mickey and the Duke" it ain't but oh my the "drama"The White Sox are also fighting an intra-city war with the crosstown Cubs for fans and media attention. Some of that media already are proclaiming that while Griffey isn't the Cubs' Jim Edmonds in center field, he gives the franchise some buzz.
Dusty (to himself while making out the lineup card) "CF?...leadoff...RF?...batting 3rd"Bruce bats third tonight.
Never overlook the obvious
Griffey is playing CF and batting 7th tonight.
I miss Adam Dunn.
For anyone who hasn't heard them yet, here is a link to those two embarrassing...?promos?... that WLW ran yesterday.
"three dimes, a one hundred dollar bill and and 87 ones..."
I'm not sure he'd prefer to be in CF, flyer, with comments he's made about not being the same guy people remember from Seattle. I think he just wants to fit in and not be a disruption. He even chose #17 so Swisher could keep #30. Sounds like he just wants the chance to go out a winner to me.